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Walgreens brings data analytics to clinics

BY Dan Berthiaume

Deerfield Park, Ill. – Walgreens is expanding its relationship with Inovalon, Inc. to implement its patient assessment tool and technology platform to support improvements in care, quality and risk score accuracy programs across more than 400 Healthcare Clinics at select Walgreens locations. The convergence of Inovalon’s data-driven patient assessment tool, Electronic Patient Assessment Solution Suite (ePASS), and Healthcare Clinic at select Walgreens brings Inovalon’s analysis of more than 8.3 billion medical events brings analytic insights to Healthcare Clinic programs.

Inovalon’s ePASS system delivers a patient assessment tool with individualized predictive analytics to the point of care. The risk score models of Medicare Advantage, Commercial Health Insurance Exchange, and state managed Medicaid are each supported within the ePASS system. Similarly, the industry’s wide array of quality outcomes programs including HEDIS, CMS Stars, state Medicaid programs, and commercial accreditation requirements of NCQA and URAC are supported within the platform provided at Healthcare Clinics at select Walgreens locations.

“By integrating data analytics, we can gain even deeper insights to help improve patient care and, ultimately, outcomes,” said Heather Helle, divisional VP, Healthcare Clinic. “We continue to expand the scope of services, capabilities and footprint at Healthcare Clinics. These types of innovative solutions enable our nurse practitioners and physician assistants to play an increasingly important role as part of a patient’s care team.”

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Urban Outfitters selects planning solution

BY Dan Berthiaume

Philadelphia — Urban Outfitters, Inc. has selected TXT Integrated Retail Planning from TXT Maple Lake to support end-to-end retail planning across regions, brands and channels, from strategy through to assortment execution. The solution will help Urban Outfitters, Inc. manage the whole spectrum of its retail planning processes: strategic, merchandise planning, store grading, open to buy (OTB) and assortment planning, both pre-season and in-season.

Planning teams will create and manage their planning processes and OTB across the brands and channels at various levels as required within each brand. Next they will use this information to suggest the framework of an Assortment Plan for the buyers. Buyers will be able to design the best assortments to drive sales and customer satisfaction.

“The rapid international and multichannel growth we are experiencing creates new levels of complexity from a planning and assortment standpoint, said Calvin Hollinger, chief administrative officer of Urban Outfitters, Inc. “We need a solution to help us accurately plan inventory across our many product categories, channels and growing international business, then translate that demand into effective buying, merchandise and assortment plans. TXT can provide those capabilities within one integrated solution.”

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Toys ‘R’ Us launches multichannel Special Olympics campaign

BY Dan Berthiaume

Wayne, N.J. – Toys “R” Us is launching a nationwide in-store and online awareness campaign encouraging its customers to support the athletes participating the Special Olympics. Starting Feb. 1, by texting "Cheer" to 80888, customers can make a $5 donation via their mobile device that will help Special Olympics athletes.

From Feb. 1 through March 31, signage in Toys “R” Us and Babies “R” Us stores nationwide will encourage customers to text "Cheer" to 80888 to make a $5 donation via their mobile device to the 2014 Special Olympics USA Games. Toys “R” Us has also developed a robust online experience at Toysrus.com/2014SpecialOlympics where visitors can "meet" young athletes from across the country via an interactive map and learn how the Young Athletes Program is helping kids achieve their personal goals.

"As we eagerly count down to the 2014 Special Olympics USA Games in New Jersey, we’re proud to shine a spotlight on the future stars of Special Olympics, and cheer on those who will be competing this year," said Kathleen Waugh, chairman, Toys “R” Us Children’s Fund. "Toys “R” Us has a long history of supporting the special needs community, and through our text-to-donate campaign we are pleased to engage our customers in supporting Special Olympics as it reveals America’s current and future champions at this summer’s USA Games."

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